Predictors of 30-Day Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with Clostridium difficile Infection

Objectives: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality and is the most common nosocomial infection in the United States, with associated annual costs of approximately $3 billion. The epidemiology of CDI has changed with the identification of novel risk factors for incident and recurrent CDI. The aim of...

Impact of Polypharmacy on Seniors’ Self-Perceived Health Status

Objectives: Polypharmacy is common among older patients and is linked to increased risk of adverse health outcomes. This study aimed to explore the association of polypharmacy and self-perceived health status (SPHS) among geriatric patients. Methods: This cross-sectional analysis of longitudinal observational research used national survey data...

Association between Weight Change, Health Outcomes, and Mortality in Older Residents in Long-Term Care

Objectives: Despite the numerous health risks associated with being overweight, the effect of weight loss on health and longevity remains controversial, particularly in older adults. We explored the association among weight changes, health outcomes, and mortality in older residents of a skilled nursing facility. Methods: A 6-year retrospective...

Stroke Hospital Characteristics in the Florida–Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities Study

Objectives: Although disparities in stroke care and outcomes have been well documented nationally, state-based registries to monitor acute stroke care in Florida (FL) and Puerto Rico (PR) have not been established. The FL-PR Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities (CReSD) was developed to evaluate race-ethnicity and regional disparities in...

Colon Cancer Screening in Concierge Practice

Objectives: This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) concierge primary care practice on preventive colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates relative to local and national comparator data. Methods: We performed an electronic medical record search encompassing our entire patient population who are between...